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Bishop: ‘Raise the age of criminal responsibility’

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford has told the House of Lords that he supports Lord Dholakia’s Bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 years.

Bishop Stephen said:

“…to brand a ten year old as a criminal fails to actually understand who that person is, and who they are becoming, and our collective responsibility for this.

"It also risks excluding the possibilities of finding better ways to work with them to ensure such crimes are never committed again, not just by that person, but in the whole of our society.”

The Bishop was speaking in the debate on the Second Reading of the Bill on 29 January 2016.

Read the Bishop’s speech in full. 

Watch on parliamentlive.uk.